Federica Inturrisi



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Federica Inturrisi is a PhD candidate at the Department of Epidemiology and Data Science at the Amsterdam Public Health research institute, based at the VU University Medical Center.

Federica Inturrisi has a background in Biological Sciences (University of Catania, Italy) and obtained two master degrees in Molecular Biosciences with major in Cancer Biology (University of Heidelberg, Germany) and in Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Catholic University of Rome, Italy). During her studies, she gained practical experience and contributed to a wide range of projects from cancer immunology to STI diagnostics, including HPV RNA testing and antibody testing for mycoplasma, and to the epidemiology of bacterial meningitis. During her extra-curricular period at the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS (Entebbe, Uganda), Federica was involved in field epidemiological studies on BCG immunization and helminth infections in the Ugandan population.

In 2017, she was selected for a 4-year project funded by the ZonMw that focuses on risk-based screening strategies for cervical cancer, in particular within the new HPV primary cervical cancer screening program implemented in the Netherlands in 2017. Her work is part of the H2020 RISCC project, a multidisciplinary consortium working on HPV screening and vaccination and contributing to the elimination of cervical cancer in Europe.

Federica is particularly interested in understanding how cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination can be combined in one comprehensive prevention program and in how such strategies can be adapted for low income countries, where the cervical cancer burden is still very high.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master, MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy


Master, MSc Molecular Biosciences major Cancer Biology, Heidelberg and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)


Bachelor, BSc Biological Sciences, Dept. Public Health, University of Catania

Oct 2008Oct 2011


  • QR355 Virology
  • human papillomavirus
  • cancer
  • vaccination
  • genotype
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • public health
  • epidemiology
  • screening
  • cancer screening
  • vaccination
  • Prevention
  • self test
  • QH301 Biology
  • cancer biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • microbiology
  • virus
  • RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
  • cervical cancer
  • cervical progression
  • cervical neoplasia

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